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Cara Marie M.

Science, Math and English tutor for high school and college students!

Derwood, MD (20855)

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$35.00
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I'm a graduate student in Biochemistry. I've been tutoring high school and college students for the past 5 years, in all variety of math and science subjects. For math, I've successfully tutored students in everything from Algebra I to Calculus I, II, Multivariable Calculus, Linear Algebra and Differential Equations. For math majors looking for extra help, advanced math is also one of my specialties!

One of my great strengths is helping college students with difficult science classes, especially Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Biochemistry, and all varieties of the biological sciences. College students studying advanced science--I'm the tutor for you.

I've also helped high school students achieve success in Biology, Physics, and Chemistry, at all levels - from regular track to 4's and 5's on the AP exams. I do a lot of SAT and PSAT prep work, and I work individually with each student to identify their problem areas and to address their specific needs.

I enjoy working with students and find great pleasure in seeing my students succeed. I'm patient and am skilled at explaining ideas and concepts in multiple ways to accommodate the needs of the students. I have a laid back demeanor, and I try to make studying science and math stress-free and enjoyable. I will always answer your calls and texts, and I'm great at responding to emergency "My problem set is due tomorrow?!?!" or "I have a test when?!" situations.

I'm always happy to provide references from the parents of previous students if you'd like them.

If you have any questions at all, or are interested in working with me, please don't hesitate to email!

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Cara Marie’s subjects

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
English:
ACT English, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Writing
Science:
ACT Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Biostatistics, Chemistry, Genetics, Microbiology, Organic Chemistry, Pharmacology, Physics
Computer:
Adobe Illustrator, General Computer, Microsoft PowerPoint
Elementary Education:
Reading, Study Skills
Business:
GMAT, GRE, Microsoft PowerPoint
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Statistics, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Science, College Counseling, GED, GMAT, GRE, MCAT, Praxis, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT, TEAS
Sports/Recreation:
Corporate Training:
College Counseling, General Computer, GMAT, Proofreading, Statistics

ACT Math

I've worked with multiple students on all aspects of ACT prep, but I specialize in the math section.

I review each of the critical topics covered by the ACT math section and give students as many practice problems as they would like! I also make sure that students know how to think critically about each question while maintaining good test-taking time management.

ACT Science

I've worked with multiple students on all aspects of ACT prep. For science, I spend a lot of time teaching students how to analyze the data on the ACT science section and how to think critically about the data while maintaining good test-taking time management.

For math, I review each of the critical topics covered by the ACT math section and give students as many practice problems as they would like!

For reading, I teach students the tricks of the trade, and make sure they understand what TYPES of questions the ACT asks and how what aspects of the passage to focus on while reading.

Algebra 2

I routinely work with high school students taking Algebra II. I do my best to make algebra fun and non-threatening. I try to present the material in a manner that is understandable. I'm very patient - if a student doesn't understand one way that I explain material, I'll find another. We'll work problems together and go through each concept step-by-step.

Biochemistry

Biochemistry is my specialty. I'm finishing my PhD in biochemistry, and I've well-versed and trained in the subject. I take great pride in my ability to break down very difficult biochemical concepts into manageable material. With biochemistry students, my job is to take the extraordinary amount of detail professors throw at you, and turn it into an understandable package of material. I am great at working with concepts, but I also can help you work through your problem sets, even difficult ones. I'm not intimidated by even the most difficult problem set! My goal is to make biochemistry a fun and enjoyable experience.

For more info on how I approach biochemistry, see Oly's feedback on my feedback page.

Calculus

Calculus is one of my specialties. As silly as it sounds, I really enjoyed taking calculus in high school and college. I love tutoring it now. I routinely work with high school students taking Calculus AB and BC and college students taking Calculus I, II and higher calculus classes, including Multivariable Calculus and Analytic Calculus (proof-based calculus for math majors). Last year, I worked with 5 AB and 2 BC Calculus students and 4 college calculus students.

I try to make calculus fun and non-threatening, and try to present the material in a manner that is understandable. I'm also patient - if a student doesn't understand one way that I explain material, I'll find another. We'll work problems together, and go through each concept step-by-step.

For student feedback on my calculus tutoring, please see Jay C's response on my feedback page.

Chemistry

Chemistry is one of my favorite subjects to tutor. I've worked with high school chemistry students on a variety of levels (standard chemistry, honors chemistry and AP chemistry), and for college students, I can help with General Chemistry, and any upper level Chemistry class, including Organic, Analytical and Physical Chemistry.

Linear Algebra

I majored in math, and my favorite class by far was linear algebra. I was a teaching assistant for a linear algebra class, and have done private tutoring with a linear algebra student. I have experience with matrix addition and multiplication, matrix inversion, and finding determinants, and proofs with linear algebra theorems. I am also skilled with eigenvalues, eigenvectors and eigenspaces.

MCAT

I have taught, in a classroom setting, almost all of the math and science classes that are covered by the MCAT - General Biology I and II, Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry I and II and Physics.

I've been tutoring MCAT students for the past 4 years, with great success, especially in the physical science portion and the biological sciences portion of the test.

Organic Chemistry

Organic chemistry is another one of my specialties. I was an organic chemistry teaching assistant (which included one hour per week of teaching it in a classroom to college undergraduates) twice in the past three years. I'm skilled with both organic chemistry 1 and 2.

I take great pride in my ability to break down very difficult organic reactions into the basic concepts. With organic students, I try to take all of the reactions, and abstract the general principles so that students can understand any reaction they're given. Organic chemistry does not have to be awful! My goal is to make it a fun and enjoyable experience.

For more info on how I approach organic chemistry, see Kim's feedback on my feedback page.

Physics

I've helped many high school (regular track and AP Physics) and college students (Physics I and II) through their problems with physics. I'm very well versed in both algebra-based and calculus-based physics, and being a math major, I'm not afraid to help you tackle difficult problems!

Swimming

I was a competitive swimmer for 16 years, swimming on a team from the age of 6 all the way through 4 years of NCAA in college. I coached with an age group swim team during the my summers in college, and have experience teaching both beginning swimming to children who have never swam before, and more advanced technique to swimmers who know the basics of stroke mechanics.

TEAS

I have worked with multiple TEAS students, all with great success. I'm great at explaining the basic concepts of the test in multiple ways, so students can fully grasp the concepts. I can help with all aspects of the test - the math, English, science and reading.

Writing

I have a lot of experience working on papers with students. I can help students with conceptualizing arguments, structuring their papers, editing and proofreading.

I absolutely love helping students with their college application essays. I help you rbing out your creativity, I'll go through multiple drafts with you and I'll help ensure that they're perfect before you turn them in to your colleges of choice.

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Education

Georgetown University (Biology and Math)

Johns Hopkins (Chemistry) (Master's)

Johns Hopkins (Chemical Biology) (PhD)

More than a tutor, she's become a mentor to my son Cara Marie ("CM") is a very good tutor. She has a low-key, laid-back style that I initially wondered about -- not sure how effective she'd be with my son. But, any doubts quickly evaporated as I got to know her and saw the results she's produced. My son is getting help with Calculus AB and CM took time even before her first lesson to find out specifically what he wanted help with and brought alo ...

— Jay from Dayton, MD on 2/25/12);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $35.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

$35 is my default rate, but I'm always happy to negotiate my rates for your specific needs. I understand what it's like to be a poor, starving college student!

Travel policy

Cara Marie will travel within 20 miles of Derwood, MD 20855.

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